Whenever I’ve finished reading a book, I try to remember what sentences or passages I liked the most―either because I thought they were well-written, inspirational, thought-provoking or simply funny. Throughout the years, I’ve so created a long list of quotes in my mind that I thought would be fun to share. Here are some of my favourites:
1. John Green, Paper Towns
If I had to choose my all-time favourite quote out of all books I’ve read, I think it would be this. Paper Towns tells the story of the teenage boy Quentin, who goes on a wild road trip with his best friends to find his childhood crush Margo, who has mysteriously disappeared. As the story progresses, though, the reader comes to understand that this journey isn’t so much about finding out where, but rather who the real Margo is. Quentin thinks he knows Margo well, but in the end learns that he’s merely projected his own ideals onto her. I think the quote reminds us that too often in life we put people on a pedestal without even knowing them. But even if we believe that we know someone, we don’t and in fact never will. Because we’re simply more complex than other people imagine us to be. So don’t believe that any person is more than a person.
2. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
This book is one of my all-time favourite classics. The novel depicts a society that is prejudiced, racist and ignorant. Aware of this, Atticus, the novel’s voice of conscience, teaches his children compassion and sympathy. Here, he tells his daughter Scout that before judging someone, she should put herself in the other person’s place. This is just one of many quotes that make Atticus to the legendary character he truly is.
3. Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
As I’ve shown in one of my recent posts, we can learn a lot from reading Atwood in times of crisis. The novel brilliantly demonstrates how people begin to reflect on how lucky they are only when a crisis takes everything away. I think especially with everything going on at the moment, we should take a minute to appreciate what we have. Every crisis shows us our own failures and limits, but it also reminds us to be thankful for what we have.
4. William Shakespeare, As You Like It
This is a brilliant example on why Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today. In many of his plays, and especially in this one, Shakespeare shows how all of us are in a way actors on the stage called ‘world’. This doesn’t mean that we’re all fit for Hollywood, but that we play different ‘roles’ in life, that we act and present ourselves differently around different people and at different times. This isn’t something only a 16th century audience could’ve understood, but it’s still very true today.
Now I’m curious to know: what are YOUR favourite quotes? Let me know in the comment section below!!